Finally a Chance of Rain This Weekend

With 88% of the state currently in a drought, what we need is rain! And we may finally get some this weekend. Late today, some isolated showers or storms are possible (about a 20% chance).

Tonight, there’s the chance of a few storms that could turn strong to severe from Chicagoland to Central Indiana. There’s a 15% chance of severe hail, 15% chance of damaging wind, and 2% chance of an isolated tornado. While we don’t want severe storms, any that do form could bring some good downpours to bring some drought relief. We’ll keep scattered showers and storms in the forecast for your Father’s Day as well.

Yesterday’s high reached 91 and we could get just as hot (maybe a little hotter) today. I’m forecasting a high of 92. That’s 10 degrees above average and just 4 degrees shy of the record for this day set in 1913.

It’s another Knozone Action Day, so try to refuel after 6, combine errands, and if your grass is growing enough to need a mow, hold off til this evening if you can.

Air Quality Alerts continue for most of the Indy Metro, Bloomington, Columbus, and Brownstown. Air Quality will be in the CODE ORANGE – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups – Category, which means if you’re elderly or very young or have any respiratory problems, it may become more difficult to breathe during the heat of the afternoon. Take Care!

Tomorrow, we’ll get a little bit of heat relief as well as a chance of some scattered showers and storms for Father’s Day. It won’t be a washout, but up to 1/2″ of rain is possible in some spots with a high of 86.

What’s ahead? After a brief day in the 80s for Father’s Day, we jump back to the 90s for much of next week. We’ve already had 5 days of 90-degree heat this year so far! There’s another chance at rain late Thursday and Friday in your WTHR-TV 7-Day.

Have a great weekend!
-Chikage
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No Rain Anytime Soon

Our dry weather could turn dangerous this afternoon due to lowering humidity and breezy winds. The combination will make for increased wildfire danger through the day.

This month, we’ve only had 0.05″ of rain officially for Indy…and for the year so far, we’re running nearly 4″ below average! We desperately need rain, but with high pressure in charge for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t look likely. I have added a chance of an isolated shower or storm, but not until Monday.

After highs in the low 80s, we’ll have a pleasant evening ahead for the Indians game with a first pitch forecast of 78 degrees. The big difference: it will be much less humid than recent days.

We’ll keep that cooler/drier/less humid feel through midweek, but by the end of the week, a warm front ushers in hot and humid air for Father’s Day weekend when we could see 90s return!

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon thanks to photographer David Lawrence who posted this gorgeous duck photo on our facebook page. He took it Saturday at Lilly Pond. If you’d like to share a pic, just post it on WTHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Keep on watering,
-Chikage
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Best Rain Chance All Week

Our recent dry weather has now made history. In the month from May 10th to June 10th, Indy officially received only 0.65″ of rain. That’s the least in recorded history, even less than during the Drought of 1988 when 0.97″ of rain fell during that stretch. We need rain and our best chance comes today through early tonight with scattered showers and a few storms possible. It’s no guarantee we’ll get much rain and some spots may get missed altogether, so keep those sprinklers going! For now, I’m holding on to hope of up to 1/4″ of rain. After that, we’ll return to dry weather for the rest of the week.

A cold front moves through tonight and behind it, we’ll have slightly cooler and less humid air move in for a couple of days. But late week into Father’s Day weekend, we’ll be flirting with upper 80s to 90 yet again! Looking at the medium-range forecasts, there could be another decent rain chance, but not until the 22nd!

Finally, here’s our Hoosier Pic at Noon Monday – a wedding photo from Debbie Sizemore submitted on our WTHR-TV Facebook page. Debbie’s daughter Jamie (the bridge) and Jeremy Garrett (the groom) posed with a carton of ice cream for a pic – fitting on a hot summer day, especially since Jeremy is in ice cream sales! Submit your pic: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

I have my fingers crossed for rain!
-Chikage
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Hot Today… Rain in Sight

Another hot day with above average warmth is ahead… and there’s finally rain on the horizon!

Another hot day with above average warmth is ahead… and there’s finally rain on the horizon!

Highs will reach the upper 80s today with a little more humidity and partly cloudy skies for the afternoon.  We’ll get a southeast breeze up to 10mph today.

Tonight, clouds will be on the increase, and after midnight, scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast Monday as highs top out in the low 80s.  Our chance for rain ends by Tuesday morning.  At this time, up to a half an inch of rain looks possible.  Some spots may see more.  So far for the month of June, Indy has only picked up .05″ of rain.  We are running 3.59″ below normal for the year. 

Wednesday temps reach the low 80s, which is normal for this time of year.  By next weekend we could be talking the upper 80s again. 

Our next chance of rain doesn’t appear in the 7 day forecast until Sunday.

Heating Up for the Weekend

The temperatures will climb into the upper 80s this weekend across Central Indiana.

The temperatures will climb into the upper 80s this weekend across Central Indiana.

Saturday and Sunday highs will reach the upper 80s, well above our normal high of 80 this time of year.  A Knozone Action Day has been declared for the Indy metro Saturday.

Clouds will be on the increase Sunday, and the humidity will be going up as well.  Late Sunday night into Monday morning showers and thunderstorms will likely build across the state.

Much needed rain is in the forecast Monday and Tuesday.

As the rain exits, much cooler air moves in and temps dip into the upper 70s by Wednesday.

Dry & Sunny

Temps are going up… and so will the humidity as we get into the weekend forecast.

Temps are going up… and so will the humidity as we get into the weekend forecast.

Highs will reach the low 80s today with mostly sunny skies.

Tonight temps drop to the mid 50s with clear skies.

Friday highs reach the mid 80s with mostly sunny skies.

Saturday and Sunday will be more humid with temps reaching close to 90 by Sunday!

Our next best chance for rain is Monday into Tuesday.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible with cooler temps behind the rain.

That’s the short but sweet weather blog!

Cranking Up the Heat

Enjoy the 70s while they’re here… the heat will be building across Central Indiana.

Enjoy the 70s while they’re here… the heat will be building across Central Indiana.

Highs will reach the mid 70s today with mostly sunny skies.

Tonight, temps drop to the low 50s.

Thursday highs warm into the upper 70s, and by Friday we’ll be tracking temps in the low 80s.

The weekend will be more humid, but dry as temps reach the uuper 80s to around 90 degrees!

Our next chance of rain moves in late Monday into Tuesday.  As of right now, Indy is 3.01″ below normal for yearly precip. 

Transit of Venus This Evening, Plus Dry and Warm Stretch Ahead

It’s something that won’t happen again in our lifetimes: the Transit of Venus. This evening, you’ll have the chance to view the planet Venus as it crosses the sun. This transit will take almost 7 hours, starting at just after 6 pm. The best view will be around sunset, which is at 9:10 pm. Viewing conditions should be great with partly cloudy skies early and mainly clear skies late. Venus will appear as a black dot crossing the sun. The next time this happens? 2117!

You don’t want to look directly at the sun, which could cause eye damage. Instead, wear eclipse glasses, make a pinhole camera, view through a specially equipped telescope, or check out the view online. Here are two sites for live Transit of Venus viewing: http://www.ccssc.org/transit2012.html

http://events.slooh.com/

And here’s a great opportunity for you to see the Transit of Venus in Indy: Butler University’s Holcomb Observatory will be open from 5:30 to 8pm. http://www.butler.edu/holcomb-observatory/

Though a sprinkle could fall in far Eastern Indiana today or tomorrow, most areas will likely be dry until late Monday (even that’s looking like an isolated shower/storm chance). Next TUESDAY brings a good chance of much-needed rain. As for temperatures, they’ll steadily climb from comfortable mid 70s today to hot and humid 90 by Monday!

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon! A great shot of the Full Strawberry Moon taken yesterday morning around 6am from Monroe Lake. Incidentally, yesterday morning there was a partial lunar eclipse that coincided with the full moon. It peaked at 37% AFTER the moon set here in Indiana, but if you want to see what it looked like in other places, Spaceweather.com has a great photo gallery here: http://spaceweather.com/gallery/?PHPSESSID=ekluvc8s0gbu03jioi9rmrgdi2 No doubt there will be plenty of pics of the Transit of Venus added later today! Want to share your pic with us? Post on our WTHR facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a good one!
-Chikage
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Not Much Rain

We’ll see some passing showers move through Central Indiana overnight, but the hope for significant rain is dwindling. Monday rain now looks light at best with most of the showers moving southwest of the Indy Metro. We’ll have another chance of sprinkles or a stray shower Wednesday, but all week long, most areas will get less than a tenth of an inch of rain.

A partial lunar eclipse occurs Monday morning, but we’ve got a couple problems here in the Hoosier State that will make viewing difficult: (1) lots of clouds expected and (2) the moon sets before the eclipse peaks. At its peak, around 37% of the moon will be covered by the Earth’s shadow. We may catch a glimpse of the very beginning of the eclipse, which starts at 6am. The moon sets at 6:23 but the eclipse peaks at 7:03am. Viewing will be best from Asia to the West Coast. If you’re a sky-watcher, you’ll also want to check out the sky around sunset Tuesday evening for the transit of Venus – a once in a lifetime viewing opportunity.

We’ll have a mostly cloudy Monday with just an isolated shot at a shower. But highs should reach upper 70s to 80 degrees. We’ll cool down for a few days starting Tuesday.

After a slightly cooler midweek, the heat returns in a big way next weekend. Mid to upper 80s are possible with 90 not out of the question for Monday the 11th!

Have a great week!
-Chikage
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Spectacular Sunday & Tracking Rain Chances

Sunny skies return to Central Indiana today… and the rain watch continues!

Sunny skies return to Central Indiana today… and the rain watch continues!

Highs will be seasonal today in the upper 70s with mostly sunny skies.  A light breeze out of the west up to 10 mph is expected.

Tonight a spotty shower is possible as clouds will be on the increase.

Monday, there’s a 30% chance for showers and storms.  At this time, less than .25″ of rain is possible.  We need rain.  Saturday Indy picked up .03″ of rain, and for the year we are 2.60″ below our yearly average.  Monday doesn’t look like a washout, but we’ll take what rain we can get.

After the rain moves out we dry out Tuesday, and really remain that way for the rest of the week.  As of right now there’s a slight chance for sprinkles Wednesday.

Temps return to the 80s by Friday.